We've worked with the charity SkyWay to transform an area of unloved towpath.
A garden space in a ‘hidden corner’ next to Kingsland Road Bridge has been created through a community adoption by SkyWay. SkyWay took on the adoption following a successful pilot programme along this stretch of canal and now undertake weekly clean up events as part of their youth reparations work.
Jeannette Brooks, development & engagement manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “This space had been blighted by vandalism and anti-social behaviour and needed a bit of attention, love and care. The garden has transformed this hidden corner of towpath and will provide a peaceful place for the local community and towpath visitors to enjoy, as well as hopefully helping to prevent anti-social behaviour in the area.”
The garden features an original archway which has been restored and a variety of plants including hardy evergreens, artichokes and ivy, and an oak tree.
There are benches and a terrace for people to use. The garden will also feature new signage, bins and towpath lighting, as well as a wall of art by London artist R U N. Canal & River Trust volunteers assisted with the planting and brought the soil to the site by boat, all the way from west London.